Republicans’ attempts to limit the counting of mail-in ballots will hit overseas military personnel the hardest, Democrats have warned.
The Independent reports:
For instance, if a soldier in Afghanistan mails off their absentee ballot on the Sunday before the election, it is highly unlikely it will arrive at their polling place in the US until after Election Day.
Despite this fact, Republicans are working hard within the U.S. court system to keep mail-in ballots from being counted, “bringing federal court cases against states and counties to toss ballots postmarked on or before Election Day that arrive days later.”
Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg told CNN on Sunday: “Unfortunately, it seems the Republicans have… given up on the idea of persuading voters and [are] instead turning to the idea of suppressing voters.”
“I don’t know what Donald Trump has against soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are returning absentee ballots from abroad, but it is going to be a stain on that campaign forever, that they thought part of their strategy to win was to make it harder for American citizens — including patriots serving overseas — to have their voices heard,” said Mr Buttigieg, the former Democratic presidential candidate who is in line for a position in Mr Biden’s Cabinet if the Democratic nominee wins the 2020 election.
In the battleground state of Pennsylvania, Republicans have challenged the state’s extension for counting mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day, persisting despite the Supreme Court denying their petition.
Pending the decision of another GOP Supreme Court challenge about mail-in ballots that arrive after the Election Day, Pennsylvania has been forced to separate those ballots from the rest of the count.
Gov. Tom Wolf (D) told CNN: “There’s a lot of noise out there. Pennsylvania has always taken a week… to count military ballots. I’m not sure what the Supreme Court is going to say about that. If they say we have to have all the ballots that came in by the night of the election, then that’s going to disenfranchise all those folks that are serving us overseas and have military absentee ballots. And I don’t see how you can do that.”